As a few individuals accurately identified, the source of these traits instilled in young men worldwide is….
The Boy Scouts. http://www.scouting.org/
Trustworthy Loyal Helpful Friendly Courteous Kind
Obedient Cheerful Thrifty Brave Clean Reverent
In fairness, as I only have boys in our family, I was told the Girl Scouts have a very similar character building motive for young woman. In searching for these traits tonight, I was moved by an article I found by Janet Lombardi posted on the Girl Scout’s website. Although directed towards girls and the Girls Scouts, it is easily gender neutral in the message.
From her article “Sowing the Seeds of Character” –
“Q: Why is character-building so important today?
Our children are getting hit with a huge barrage of mixed messages. They are confronted with peers, not-so-great adult role models, and media where they hear about top CEOs who value money more than ethical behavior. They are receiving unfiltered information from the Internet, song lyrics, video games, and TV. Character-building is nothing new. Socrates and Aristotle spoke about it. They believed that “You are what you are because of what you do repeatedly.” Exactly!
“Q: How does moral intelligence connect to character?
Moral intelligence consists of seven essential virtues—empathy, conscience, self-control, respect, kindness, tolerance, and fairness—that guide your character. Once you plant the virtues, you can teach girls the skills to empower them so they can provide their own moral compasses.” We seem to only hear about moral compasses when they seem to go astray.
Here’s the link to her entire article: http://www.girlscouts.org/for_adults/parenting/articles/sowing_character.asp